Juventus sign Schalke experienced defender Benedikt Howedes

first_imgJuventus , who are record Italian football champions, have strengthened their backline with the addition of Germany defender Benedikt Howedes from Schalke on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy.”In acquiring Howedes, the Bianconeri have signed a very dependable player, who up until now has spent his entire career at Schalke,” Juventus said on their website on Wednesday.The Turin giants said that the loan fee is 3.5 million euros (4.15 million USD) and that they will be obliged to make the deal permanent for 13 million euros (15.41 million USD) if the 29-year-old makes at least 25 appearances during the 2017-18 football season.? @BeneHoewedes ???? il nuovo #21 della Juventus! ????@adidasITA #WillkommenBenedikt pic.twitter.com/3ZA91kAxUn- JuventusFC (@juventusfc) August 30, 2017#WillkommenBenedikt pic.twitter.com/0ud5zFztqD- JuventusFC (@juventusfc) August 31, 2017Run @BeneHoewedes, run! ???? pic.twitter.com/N1d9sR7gXR- JuventusFC (@juventusfc) August 31, 2017Tutti di corsa su @jtv212 per il #WillkommenBenedikt! ??? @BeneHoewedes. Live dalle 14 ? ??? + conferenza stampa ?? + ospite in studio ?? pic.twitter.com/7l81qVW5Hi- Juventus tv (@jtv212) August 31, 2017Juventus wanted a central defender after Leonardo Bonucci’s departure to AC Milan. Howedes, who also can play as a left-back or a right-back, will be Juventus’ fifth central defence option.Howedes was part of a German side that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He was one of just three German players, including Manuel Neuer and Philipp Lahm to play every single minute of Germany’s successful World Cup campaign.The German defender currently has 44 senior caps to his name and two goals.He was named captain of Schalke in 2011, and went on to make a total of 240 appearances in all competitions for the team from Gelsenkirchen, scoring 12 goals. His honours at club level, include a German Cup and German Super Cup.advertisement”My first emotions were pretty overwhelmed, I mean this is such a big club and Turin is also a very nice city,” Howedes told Juventus TV.”For me, Juventus is one of the biggest clubs in the world, one of the five biggest, and they are very successful in the last couple of years and I want to be part of it, to do my job here, to be successful in future and do my best.”last_img read more

Mithali Raj rises to top spot in ICC ODI rankings

first_imgIndia captain Mithali Raj today moved up one place to occupy the number one spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batswomen.Ellyse Perry of Australia and Amy Satterthwaite of New Zealand also jumped one place each to be at second and third spots while Meg Lanning of Australia has dropped from first to fourth after missing the series against England due to injury.Mithali has 753 points, while Perry and Satterthwaite are on 725 and 720 points respectively.Among women bowlers, Jhulan Goswami remained on second spot with 652 rating points, behind Marizanne Kapp (656) of South Africa.Meanwhile, defending champion Australia’s 2-1 victory over England in the ICC Women’s Championship series has not only helped them garner four useful points but also regain the top spot in the women’s team rankings.England had displaced Australia from the top spot for the first time after the annual update earlier this month,Starting the series ahead on decimal points with both teams on 128 points, Australia made the most of the home conditions to prevail despite the absence of first-choice captain and leading batter Meg Lanning, going up to 129 points and ensuring a two-point lead in the process.Teams get two points for each win, one point for a tie or no-result and no points for a loss in the ICC Women’s Championship, which will see ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 hosts New Zealand and the three other top teams gain direct qualification to the pinnacle women’s 50-over event.The remaining four sides will get a second chance through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier event. India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies are the other sides in the ICC Women’s Championship, which runs till 2020.advertisementlast_img read more

LeBron scores 32, Cavs wallop Warriors 120-90 in Game 3

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares CLEVELAND (AP) — Crawling on the floor after a loose ball, LeBron James gathered himself and quickly got to his feet.He stood tall, and so did the Cavaliers.James had 32 points and 11 rebounds and Kyrie Irving added 30 points as Cleveland, pushed for 48 minutes by a delirious, championship-starved crowd, beat the Golden State Warriors 120-90 in Game 3 on Wednesday night to pull within 2-1 in the NBA Finals.On their home floor, where they have been dominant all postseason, the Cavs yanked their season back from the brink following back-to-back blowout losses in the Bay Area.They Cavs did it without starting forward Kevin Love, with little help from their bench and by keeping Stephen Curry penned in.The league’s MVP was mostly MIA, scoring 19 points — two in the first half — on 6-of-13 shooting. Harrison Barnes scored 18 and Klay Thompson 10 for the Warriors, who had won seven straight over Cleveland — the first two finals games by a combined 48 points — and came back to the birthplace of rock and roll looking to party like they did after winning the title in Quicken Loans Arena last year.The Cavs, though, have made this a competitive series after it appeared the Warriors were on the fast track to another crown.“We’ve got to give the same effort on Friday,” James said. “It started defensively and it trickled down to the offensive side.”The Warriors didn’t look anything like the team that won a record 73 games during the regular season or the one that overcame a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference finals.“We were soft,” said coach Steve Kerr. “When you’re soft, you get beat on the glass and turn the ball over.”Curry didn’t offer any excuses.“I’ve got to play 100 times better than this,” he said, dismissing any notion he’s slowed by injuries. “I’m fine. Not the way we wanted the night to go.”Irving bounced back from two rough games out West, J.R. Smith made five 3-pointers and Tristan Thompson did the dirty work inside, getting 13 rebounds for the Cavs, who improved to 8-0 at home and can level the series with a win in Game 4 on Friday night.Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reach for a loose ball during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)The Cavs hardly missed Love, still suffering from a concussion sustained in Game 2. He wanted to play, but is still in the NBA’s concussion protocol and has not yet been cleared to return by league and team doctors.Coach Tyronn Lue started veteran Richard Jefferson and moved James into Love’s power forward spot, giving the Cavs a smaller lineup better equipped to run with the Warriors.The 35-year-old Jefferson gave the Cavs a huge boost in 33 minutes, scoring nine points with eight rebounds.Leading by eight at halftime, Cleveland took control in the third quarter when James and Irving combined on a play that symbolized the Cavs’ resurrection.Scrambling on his hands and knees after a loose ball near midcourt, James got to his feet and whipped a pass to Irving on the left side. Irving returned a lob to James, who leaped high and flushed it with his right hand, a basket that seemed to erase all that went wrong for the Cavs in California.last_img read more

Aris makes it to Greek Cup final after beating AEK (Video)

first_imgAris Thessaloniki made it to the Greek Cup final after 3 years, by defeating AEK Athens 77-76 in a thrilling semifinal. The Northern Greek team now awaits its opponent that will be decided on Monday, when Olympiacos takes over Panathinaikos in Piraeus.In the 2014 final, Aris was defeated by Panathinaikos 90-53.Cummings sealed the win with 7 seconds left on the shotclock, while he finished the game with a total of 20 points. Michael had 12 and Buckner added 11.For AEK, Dixon led with 23, McGrath scored 11 and Ukic had 10.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

France 4 Netherlands 0

first_imgFrance 4 Netherlands 0: Lemar, Mbappe score in rout of disappointing Dutch Rob Lancaster 04:46 9/1/17 thomaslemar-cropped Getty Images Didier Deschamps’ side recorded a fourth straight win over the Netherlands to move ahead of Sweden in the standings. Thomas Lemar scored twice and Kylian Mbappe also found the net as France thrashed 10-man Netherlands 4-0 at the Stade de France, moving them to the top of Group A in the race to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring, slotting through Jasper Cillessen’s legs after 14 minutes, before Kevin Strootman saw red for the Dutch early in the second half in Paris.Lemar then took centre stage, cutting across a bouncing ball to send a left-footed volley beyond the overworked Cillessen in the 73rd minute to record his first international goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Monaco winger didn’t have to wait too long for his second though, Griezmann unselfishly squaring the ball for his team-mate, before Mbappe broke his France duck on the same day he officially signed for Paris Saint-Germain with the fourth in injury time.The result, coupled with Sweden losing 3-2 in Bulgaria, means Didier Deschamps’ side move three points clear in the standings, while the Dutch now sit six points adrift in fourth place.#WCQ | FTGroup A🇱🇺Luxembourg 1-0 Belarus🇧🇾🇫🇷France 4-0 Netherlands🇳🇱🇧🇬Bulgaria 3-2 Sweden🇸🇪 https://t.co/SpQDWJq93q pic.twitter.com/t52GnyYzTA — #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) August 31, 2017 Lemar – who started the game after his name had been heavily involved in transfer speculation during the day, with both Arsenal and Liverpool linked with a move – was one of several home players to dazzle the crowd.His appearance on the team sheet effectively ended talk about his future and he looked unperturbed as he helped France seize control right from the kick-off.The hosts had already gone close through Olivier Giroud before Griezmann broke the deadlock.Having worked a one-two with Giroud to get in behind the Dutch defence, the Atletico Madrid striker cleverly opened up his body as he ran clear, allowing him to pass the ball with his favoured left foot through Cillessen.The goalscorer picked up a booking soon after for a crude lunge on Quincy Promes near the touchline, although the French had few alarms at the back.As if Dick Advocaat’s side didn’t have enough trouble with 11 against 11, their hopes of getting back in the game were dealt a severe blow when Strootman was dismissed, picking up two bookings in the space of six second-half minutes for late tackles.Stefan de Vrij stopped N’Golo Kante from converting Kingsley Coman’s low cross with a crucial block before Robin van Persie was summoned from the bench to make his first international appearance since October 2015.However, not even the introduction of their leading scorer could inspire the Netherlands.While Cillessen denied Paul Pogba from close range, there was little the goalkeeper could do to stop Lemar’s sweetly-struck effort from outside the area finding the net.The same player tapped home a third before substitute Mbappe rammed home a low shot from a tight angle just 15 minutes after replacing Giroud. read morelast_img read more

AA: McKennie stands out for Schalke

first_imgUnited States Americans Abroad: McKennie stands out for Schalke Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 01:38 11/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Weston McKennie Schalke Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images United States Bundesliga Schalke 04 v Hamburger SV Hamburger SV Schalke 04 Levante Benfica Newcastle United Sheffield United Ingolstadt Monterrey Liga MX 2. Bundesliga Premier League Championship The teenager put in a confident performance against Hamburg, contributing to build-up play and popping up in the right places Most teenagers thrown into the fire of high-level professional soccer are works in progress. Weston McKennie is no exception.While he made headlines in the United States for earning a place in Bundesliga side Schalke’s starting lineup, the 19-year-old midfielder did not really stand out in his early appearances. But he’s been steadily improving over time, and Schalke seems set to reap the benefits if Sunday’s performance in a 2-0 win over Hamburg was any indication.For the second time in his young Bundesliga career, McKennie went from start to finish for Schalke. He found himself much more involved in the play, with 41 total passes, tied for the most he’s had in a league contest this year. He also had two tackles and two interceptions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Beyond that, McKennie just looked confident. He showed for the ball, appeared composed in moving the play along and looked to get on the end of scoring chances. He nodded a header from the six-yard box wide in the first few minutes of the contest, and badly mishit a shot from the edge of the area later in the first half.Those misses are a reminder that McKennie is still an unfinished product, even if we saw a tantalizing hint of his potential on his run and goal against Portugal for the U.S. national team. But the youngster’s overall game is coming around — his performance against Hamburg was enough to get him named Man of the Match on Bundesliga.com.The win moves Schalke up to second place in the Bundesliga and has the club riding high as it gears up for its huge derby with Borussia Dortmund. There, health permitting, we may get to witness perhaps the two most highly-regarded young Americans battle it out with McKennie squaring off against Christian Pulisic.With Dortmund in free fall, and Schalke on the rise, the two teens could find themselves at the epicenter of a quite a stormy match.WOOD FACES UPHILL BATTLEBobby Wood Hamburg 090817On the other end of the Schalke-Hamburg contest was forward Bobby Wood, who started the match on the bench behind 17-year-old Jann-Fiete Arp.Arp was active and involved in the contest, working hard to try to win back the ball on defense. He was a big part of things as Hamburg appeared to be battling its way back into the contest early in the second half.Then Wood was brought on in place of a holding midfielder, Gotoku Sakai, as manager Markus Gisdol went to a more attacking formation to chase the game.Unfortunately, Hamburg’s foothold quickly fell away, and a brilliant run by Daniel Caligiuri opened up its defense and allowed Schalke to find a second.Wood himself wasn’t really the problem. He worked hard and was obviously trying to make something happen, at times picking up fouls in the opposition half trying to chase down a play that was obviously gone.But it gave a hint as to why Gisdol is not anxious to play two strikers up top. Hamburg’s control of the game slipped away with one less body in the midfield and given his team’s struggles, it’s hard to blame the manager for trying to grind games out.Which means right now, there’s just one spot available for Arp and Wood. And it’s hard to argue Arp isn’t currently in better form than Wood.But as noted above, teenagers are works in process. Wood will likely get another chance eventually, and should see the field as a substitute in the meantime. He’ll need to make the most of those opportunities if he’s to reclaim the hold he once had on a spot in the XI.MORALES MAKES IT THREE IN SIXAlfredo Morales IngolstadtLast year, Alfredo Morales put early-season struggles behind him to show an impressive run of form through the winter months in the Bundesliga for Ingolstadt.Now in the second division, he looks to have found his form once more.The midfielder scored the only goal in a 1-0 Ingolstadt win over Fortuna Dusseldorf this past weekend. That brings his league tally up to two goals and three total in all contests — all in his last six games, which include five 2.Bundesliga contests and a DFB-Pokal outing. He also has an assist over that span.”The 1-0 [scoreline] shows and we have played the match great,” Morales said in quotes published in Kicker after the game. “That was a victory that was fun.”Meanwhile Ingolstadt has racked up an impressive 13 points from a possible 15 and now are up to fifth in the table. They still remain seven points off an automatic promotion place so don’t bet on Morales returning to the Bundesliga next season just yet.But it is still worth appreciating success when it comes and right now Morales is one of the most in-form Americans playing abroad.GONZALEZ AND MONTERREY TAKE FIRSTJonathan Gonzalez MonterreyWeston McKennie and Christian Pulisic aren’t the only teenage Americans making names for themselves these days. Jonathan Gonzalez, an 18-year-old defensive midfielder, continues to write his own tale in Liga MX.While there was an injury worry coming in, Gonzalez was ready for Monterrey in the Apertura finale against rivals Tigres and went the full 90 in the 2-0 win. Not only did the victory hand Monterrey bragging rights over their rivals, it also gave them the top spot in the Apertura for the playoffs over, you guessed it, Tigres.The teen has now played in 16 of Monterrey’s 17 Apertura games this season and started 14 of them. He has a great chance to pick up some silverware, though a tough road through the playoffs awaits starting with a showdown with Atlas.While the Liga MX playoffs have often featured plenty of Americans in the past, this year will be light on them. Gonzalez and Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough are the only starters on teams that made it. Jose Torres is on Tigres, but rarely sees the field for Tuca Ferreti’s side. Likewise, Edgar Castillo has played once for Monterrey all season.Meanwhile, Omar Gonzalez and Pachuca, Jorge Villafana and Ventura Alvarado and Santos Laguna, Joe Corona, Michael Orozco and Alejandro Guido and Tijuana will all have to watch the playoffs from home.MOORE GETS FIRST LA LIGA START @Sh4qMoore becomes the first American player to be a starter wearing #LevanteUD jersey at @LaLiga #BornInTheUSA pic.twitter.com/tjxS9w8CZl— Levante UD (@LevanteUD) November 19, 2017Shaq Moore’s rise in Spain continues. The 21-year-old fullback has made the jump from Levante II last year into the first team this season. He has been rewarded with a start in the Copa del Rey and received his La Liga debut in October.Now he’s graduated to his first start in Spain’s top division. Called in due to injury, Moore nonetheless appeared to acquit himself well in Levante’s 2-0 win over Las Palmas. He went the full 90 minutes and drew praise from his head coach after the contest.”Shaq is a physical marvel and has the judgment with the ball,” Levante manager Juan Muniz said after the game. “He has been very calm. We do not doubt him.”Moore wasn’t the only young American to have a nice weekend on the Iberian Peninsula. Keaton Parks, a 20-year-old midfielder from Texas, made his debut for Benfica’s first team in Portuguese cup against top-division side Vitoria Setubal. Parks entered in the 69th minute and assisted on Benfica’s second goal in the 2-0 win.While Moore is an intriguing right-back prospect, the current player on top of the U.S. depth chart picked up an assist Saturday as DeAndre Yedlin delivered the helper on Dwight Gayle’s opener for Newcastle against Manchester United. Unfortunately, that was the high point of the match for Yedlin and the Magpies, as the Red Devils went on to a 4-1 victory.And another American defender picked up an assist this weekend in England. Cameron Carter-Vickers made it two assists in two games — not bad for a center back, even in a back three — in a 3-1 win over Burton.last_img read more

Six stories in the news for today Oct 3

first_imgSix stories in the news for Tuesday, Oct. 3———TWO CANADIANS AMONG 57 DEATHS IN LAS VEGAS MASSACRETwo Canadians, a mother of four and a man just days away from his 24th birthday, were among dozens of people killed in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at an outdoor country music festival Sunday night. Jessica Klymchuk, of Valleyview, Alta., and Jordan McIldoon, 23, of Maple Ridge, B.C., were among the 59 people who died in the horrific attack that also left more than 500 others injured, including at least six Canadians.———NO ANSWERS YET IN LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGInvestigators in Las Vegas still have no idea why Stephen Craig Paddock opened fire on a large crowd of people attending an outdoor country music festival on Sunday night. Authorities say 59 people were killed and more than 500 wounded when Paddock opened fire from a hotel window. Police say they found 23 firearms in the hotel room and another 19 firearms in Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada. The owner of a gun shop in Mesquite says Paddock bought guns there and never gave any indication that he might have been unstable.———EDMONTON TERROR SUSPECT DUE IN COURT TODAYMounties say they are holding off on terrorism charges for now against a Somali refugee alleged to have attacked an Edmonton police officer and run down pedestrians with a truck on the weekend. Superintendent Stacey Talbot says the investigation of Abdulahi Sharif is still in its infancy. The 30-year-old is to make his first court appearance today on 11 charges, including five counts of attempted murder.———PREMIERS TO TALK TAX CHANGES WITH BILL MORNEAUThe Liberal government has been fielding a lot of complaints about its proposed tax reforms — and now the premiers are poised to have their say in a meeting today in Ottawa with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The provincial and territorial leaders will also hear Finance Minister Bill Morneau explain his tax proposals. Those changes have led to an outcry from doctors, farmers, small business owners and even some premiers who fear the effect they would have on their provincial economies.———LAC-MEGANTIC CRIMINAL TRIAL BEGINS IN QUEBECA trial continues today in Sherbrooke, Que., for three men in connection with the Lac-Megantic, Que., rail disaster in 2013 that killed 47 people and destroyed much of the town core. The trial began yesterday with train driver Thomas Harding saying he knows he’s partly at fault for the disaster but that he was following procedure. Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre each face one count of criminal negligence causing death. The trial is expected to last until December.———LEGAL DISPUTE DELAYS AMANDA LINDHOUT TRIALA legal dispute about secret information is delaying the trial of a man accused of taking Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout hostage in Somalia nine years ago. An Ontario Superior Court judge is slated to rule today whether the criminal trial will begin Thursday or remain on hold — possibly for months — while the wrangling over classified files play out. Ali Omar Ader faces a criminal charge of hostage-taking.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— United Conservative Party leadership candidates hold a debate in ed Deer, Alta.— Former U.S. president Bill Clinton discusses leadership at a Toronto event hosted by Toronto St. Francis Xavier.— A panel discussion on the future of Canadian food production will be held in Halifax.— Hudson’s Bay will unveils the Team Canada collection for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games.last_img read more

Negotiators report progress in latest round of NAFTA trade talks in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — The latest round of NAFTA negotiations has wrapped up with the three countries saying they’ve managed to make some progress.The three lead ministers told a closing news conference in Mexico City that they’re still aiming to get a deal by year’s end.U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer, who says two dozen chapter texts have been tabled, is also thanking his North American neighbours for their thoughts in the wake of a devastating hurricane in Texas and Louisiana.Lighthizer, who reiterated some of his tough-talk remarks from the opening round, nonetheless struck a less aggressive tone.The agreements reached so far relate to less-controversial parts of the agreement.Multiple sources say the countries have not even begun dealing with the more complex elements — and that any attempts to raise a contentious issue have been brushed off by the other parties.That’s true of Canadian proposals like some labour reforms that have been declared a non-starter by the U.S.It’s also true of the U.S. desire to secure more dairy sales in Canada. The U.S. tried informally starting the conversation, and sources say Canada pushed it off.The next round of talks is scheduled to take place in Ottawa Sept. 23-27. read more

Kentuckys Cambrian Coal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Another Kentucky coal producer has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Cambrian Coal LLC plans to auction off most of its assets next month, if it gains court approval.Nearly 700 people are employed by Cambrian at three major mining operations in eastern Kentucky and Virginia.Court documents show the company’s president Mark Campbell says the bankruptcy is mostly due to Cambrian buying assets from other coal companies and a decline in the coal industry. Cambrian CEO Jim Booth resigned about two weeks before the bankruptcy filing.Blackjewel LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection July 1 . A federal judge on Tuesday approved Contura Energy’s bid for three mines Blackjewel owned. The federal government still has to approve the deal.___Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.comThe Associated Press read more

UNESCO to send new mission to Iraq to check cultural heritage after

A first mission visited Baghdad from 15 to 20 May after reports of massive looting at Baghdad’s museum and focused on questions related to the theft of cultural objects, the preparation of an inventory for the museum and the fine-tuning of an action plan aimed at restoring the principal cultural institutions of the city. It found that the looting had been less extensive than first thought. The new mission, scheduled to last a week, has been organized in close cooperation with the United States Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and has received the personal support of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.Led by Mounir Bouchenaki, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Culture, it will include eight internationally renowned experts from Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the Netherlands. These specialists in museums, archives, libraries, historical monuments and archaeological sites will split into two groups for maximum effectiveness.The first group will concentrate on assessing the situation of museums, historic buildings, archives and libraries while the second is scheduled to visit archaeological sites to the north and south of Baghdad. read more

Success of Iraqi election augurs well for transition Annan says pledging UN

Reacting to early indications following today’s polling in Iraq, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan hailed the election’s success, urged national reconciliation and pledged the world body’s help in facilitating the country’s ongoing political transition.Mr. Annan lauded the bravery of the large numbers of Iraqis who exercised their right to vote despite significant attempts at violent disruption, as well as those who supported the process.“I wish to pay tribute to the courage of the Iraqi people, and to congratulate the Independent Election Commission of Iraq, as well as the thousands of Iraqi election workers and monitors, on having organized and carried out elections so effectively in such a limited timeframe and such daunting circumstances,” said the Secretary-General, who is currently in Abuja, Nigeria, where he attended an African summit earlier today.He also congratulated the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) staff who, with other international electoral experts, worked to support the election. “Security forces, both Iraqi and international, also made a notable contribution to ensuring a relatively safe and secure environment,” he observed.“The success of the election augurs well for the transition process,” Mr. Annan declared.Today’s balloting paves the way for Iraq’s Transitional National Assembly to draft a permanent constitution which is expected to be put to a referendum in October.The Secretary-General said that process should be inclusive. “It is important to ensure that all individuals, groups and parties who, for whatever reason, were unable or unwilling to take part in the election are now brought into the constitution-making process,” he said. “This is a time for reconciliation on all sides,” he added, welcoming recent statements by a number of Iraqi political leaders indicating their willingness to support this process. For its part, the UN “stands ready to continue its electoral assistance, to facilitate vital outreach efforts, and, if invited, to assist the elected TNA in its work of drafting the constitution.” read more

Siemens looks to drive efficiency improvements

first_imgFollowing on from developments in its Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) offering, Siemens Drive Technologies has announced a series of other product developments designed to help mineral processing plants increase operational efficiency, which cover Sinamics drives, Simogear geared motors and the Simotics XP range. Andrew Peters, divisional director for Siemens Drive Technologies, comments: “These comprehensive product enhancements offer significant benefits to our customers. They have all been designed to ensure plants can continue to increase operational efficiencies and represent our ongoing commitment to helping those in industry drive savings across their sites.”The Sinamics V20 inverter is a new single-axis drive for basic applications. The “compact and rugged inverter excels with short commissioning times, straightforward operation and high cost-effectiveness” says Siemens. The Sinamics V20 comes in four sizes to cover the performance range from 0.12 to 15 kW and is used to operate pumps, fans, compressors and conveyor systems, as well as for simple drive tasks in the processing and handling industry. Seamless integration with the newly launched version of the TIA Portal – Version 12 – from Siemens gives users the chance to commission and configure drives of the Sinamics G120 family efficiently using Sinamics Startdrive.Siemens has also expanded its range of Simogear geared motors to include two-stage worm geared motors as well as gearboxes with special input units for the installation of IEC standard motors – IE3-efficiency-class motors are now also available. The company is also adding new flameproof explosion-protected motors in efficiency class IE2 to its Simotics XP portfolio. The new 1MD5 motors enable pumps, fans, compressors and mixers to be operated safely in areas subject to explosive hazards, while at the same time saving more energy.In the Sinamics S120 converter series, the power limit of individual units has been increased from 1,500 kW to 1,700 kW. By means of parallel connection, powers of up to 6,460 kW can now be realised. This enables the efficient converters to cover an even wider range of applications. They are also ideally suited to applications with a high power requirement due to their compact design and innovative cooling concepts. The liquid-cooled converters are suitable for use in confined spaces, as for example in marine drives, and in harsh environments such as in mining.last_img read more

JP Morgan cancels Twitter QA after negative tweet blitz

first_imgClick here for larger image Click here for larger image Click here for larger image Click here for larger image Click here for larger imageThe bank’s PR team soon realised it was not the clever idea they had originally thought and now it’s “back to the drawing board” for them.center_img Click here for larger image THE UNITED STATES’ biggest bank JP Morgan Chase was forced to cancel a Twitter Q&A planned for today after a rake of negative and markedly sarcastic tweets from the public using the hashtag #AskJPM.The bank announced the Q&A on its Twitter account yesterday:Jimmy Lee had worked on Twitter’s initial public offering which may be why they thought this would be a good idea.However the bank has been the subject of much controversy having been handed a whopping $30 billion in fines and legal costs over the last four years. Most recently the banking giant was fined a record $13 billion in a bid to settle an investigation into bad mortgage loans the bank sold before the financial crisis hit.The backlash on Twitter was merciless:Click here for larger image Click here for larger imageRead: Banking giant JP Morgan ‘fined $13 billion by US government’>Read: Promoters of Dublin student club night defend use of ‘C***’ stamp>last_img read more

Breakfast At Bebetos All you need to know from the sixth night

first_imgMarouane Fellaini celebrates his equaliser against Algeria. Source: Hassan Ammar/AP/Press Association ImagesOn Day 6THERE WERE WORRYING moments for football hipsters everywhere when World Cup ‘dark horses’ Belgium were given a real test by Algeria in Group H. Jan Vertonghen was penalised for a clumsy foul in the 25th minute and Sofiane Feghouli made no mistake from the spot.However, after much beard-stroking, second half goals from substitutes Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens were enough to give the Red Devils all three points and deny Algeria their first World Cup win since 1982. Algerian players celebrate after Sofiane Feghouli penalty. Source: Hassan Ammar/AP/Press Association ImagesThe evening’s big game featured the clash of Brazil and Mexico in Group A. As TheScore.ie‘s man in Brazil Mikey Stafford reported, the expectation of the inhabitants of the world’s fifth largest country seemed to weigh too heavily on the hosts as they floundered to a scoreless draw in the Estadio Castelao.The hero for Mexico was undoubtedly Guillermo Ochoa who pulled off a number of brilliant saves when called upon. The goalkeeper is out of contract at club level but with a few more performances like this he won’t be unemployed for long. Guillermo Ochoa keeps Brazil at bay. Source: Themba Hadebe/AP/Press Association ImagesWhile Mexico and Brazil at least had some excitement, the first half of Russia and South Korea is 45 minutes that nobody is ever getting back.However, just as the second half was shaping up to be something similar, Igor Akinfeev took his eyes off a Lee Keun-Ho speculative effort in the 68th minute to allow Korea take the lead in the Group H clash. That goal sparked the Russians into life and they were level five minutes later through Aleksandr Kerzhakov though neither side could manage a winner. Igor Akinfeev reacts after his mistake. Source: Adam Davy/EMPICS SportWinnerIt’s fair to say Marouane Fellaini didn’t have the best season with Manchester United. Indeed, with Louis van Gaal’s arrival at Old Trafford, the 26-year old’s club future is far from certain. Most worryingly for Fellaini, his downturn in form edged him to the fringes of the Belgian World Cup squad and he had to settle for a place on the bench in their opening encounter with Algeria.However, when called upon, the former Everton man delivered and his cushioned header – while facing the wrong way – proved to be the spark Marc Wilmots’ men needed to get back into the game and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if he started ahead of Mousa Dembélé for Sunday’s clash with Russia. Fellaini heads his side back into the game. Source: Sergei Grits/AP/Press Association ImagesLoserFor the first time this tournament, the loser wasn’t within 5,000 miles of Brazil, rather he was sitting in the RTÉ studios in Dublin 4, completely unaware the broadcaster had returned from their ad break.But when Eamon Dunphy responded to Bill O’Herlihy’s question about Brazil poster boy Neymar with: “I thought he was fuckin’ dreadin’ it”, O’Herlihy’s reaction was enough to make him realise he’d done something very wrong indeed.The pundit apologised to viewers at half-time for any offence caused. Watch your language Eamon. Source: INPHO/Cathal NoonanJoga BonitoDries Mertens‘ 80th minute winner gets the shout for Tuesday’s best moment. The 27-Napoli attacker showed great composure to fire home on the counter-attack as Belgium became the sixth team to come from behind to win in this year’s tournament.http://vine.co/v/MI2u5HMAVOeWhat have we got to look forward to today?Spain get a chance to bounce back from their opening game defeat as they face Chile in what is realistically a must-win clash for the defending champions in Group B.In the day’s opening game, the Netherlands look to virtually guarantee qualification with a win over the Socceroos. Australia must avoid defeat to have any chance of advancing from the group stage for just the second time in their history.With Mexico and Brazil’s stalemate yesterday, a draw is no use to either Cameroon or Croatia when they meet in Group A in Manaus at 11pm.Lacklustre Brazil frustrated by the inspired form of Mexico goalkeeperGuillermo Ochoa just produced the best save of the World Cup so farlast_img read more

Dragon Age 3 Inquisition officially announced

first_imgDragon Age fans rejoice because today BioWare confirmed that Dragon Age 3 is very much in development and it’s called Dragon Age 3: Inquisition. The best thing about the game being announced? BioWare has also revealed the game will use the Frostbite 2 as seen in Battlefield 3 $5.99 at Amazon .Only a few details have been revealed about the game by executive producer of DA3, Mark Darrah, via DA2‘s official blog. The game has been in development for around two years already, but the majority of the work has taken place in the last 18 months. DA3′s team is a mix of series veterans (developers who worked on the original Dragon Age) and fresh blood, which hopefully means they’ll present a mixture of classic gameplay ideas as adding something new.Using the Frostbite 2 engine as a foundation means the team create a bigger world to play in, allow more customisation, better visuals, and a wider variety of game choices. Hopefully this means DA3 will not only be a much bigger, more involved game, but will look fantastic.If you remember, some info was leaked about DA3 a while back. An online survey gave away story details including the fact you play as the leader of “The Inquisition”–presumably that’s what DA3’s title refers to.According to that same survery, the story is set around a powerful empire named Orlais which is stuck in a civil war while a mysterious force attempts to control and destroy the world. None of that information was confirmed as true, but the resemblance between the title and the characters name is striking.We eagerly await more details about the game, but sadly it looks as if we’ll have to wait until late 2013 to play the game. That begs the questions: what platforms will it release on? And will any of them be next-gen?More at DA2‘s official blog and Official PlayStation UKlast_img read more

Manger moins de viande et de poisson pour préserver la planète

first_imgManger moins de viande et de poisson pour préserver la planèteMonde – Selon les prévisions de l’ONU, les hommes seront environ 9 milliards à l’horizon 2050. Or aujourd’hui déjà, la surpêche vide les océans tandis que l’aquaculture et l’élevage polluent l’eau, les sols et l’atmosphère. Nous n’avons d’autre choix que de modifier nos habitudes alimentaires si nous voulons préserver notre planète… et vivre.Selon un récent rapport de l’Organisation des Nations unies pour l’agriculture et l’alimentation (FAO), la production de viande devrait doubler à l’horizon 2050 afin de répondre à la demande mondiale, atteignant alors 463 millions de tonnes.Dans les pays développés, ce sont quelque 80 kilos de viande par personne qui sont consommés chaque année. “Quand le revenu augmente, la consommation de produits carnés et laitiers fait de même : il n’y a pas un exemple contraire au monde” note Hervé Guyomard, directeur scientifique agriculture de l’Inra (Institut national de la recherche agronomique).Mais cette consommation croissante demande un élevage intensif qui a un impact considérable sur l’environnement : 8% de la consommation mondiale en eau, 18% des émissions de gaz à effet de serre et 37% du méthane émis par les activités humaines. A cela s’ajoute la nourriture végétale qui doit être produite pour nourrir des troupeaux de plus en plus grands. D’après le World Ressources Institute, plus d’un tiers de la production mondiale de céréales est utilisée pour nourrir le bétail (56% dans les pays riches).Consommer moins de viande s’avèrera donc nécessaire au cours des prochaines décennies, mais compenser avec le poisson n’est pas envisageable. Comme le souligne Philippe Cury, directeur de recherches à l’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), le nombre de bateaux de pêche est déjà deux à trois fois supérieur aux capacités de reconstitution de la ressource marine. Si ce rythme se poursuit, c’est la totalité des espèces de poissons commerciales qui pourraient disparaître des océans d’ici à 2050. “Il va falloir apprendre à redescendre dans la chaîne alimentaire, sinon il n’y aura plus personne pour manger les espèces du dessous qui se mettent à proliférer, comme les méduses” avertit Gerry Leape, du Pew Environment Group.Concernant l’aquaculture, elle ne pourra pas se développer et devenir une alternative si ses pratiques très polluantes ne sont pas modifiées. L’aquaculture pose aussi le problème de la surconsommation : 4 kilos d’anchois ou de sardines sont nécessaires pour produire 1 kilo de saumon tandis que ce sont jusqu’à 14 kilos de poisson qui sont utilisés pour produire 1 kilo de thon.Le 28 février 2010 à 10:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Junkanoo Carnival in Nassau better social media rows

first_img Related Items:#BahamasJunkanooCarnival, #magneticmedianews, #MPShaneGibson, #NassaulegofJunkanooCarnival Some foreigners angry by Junkanoo Carnival delay Recommended for you Photo Credit: Bahamas Junkanoo Carnivalcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 8, 2017 – Nassau – The Nassau leg of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival seems to have received much better support than in Grand Bahama. Minister of Labour and Golden Gates, MP Shane Gibson was on Facebook bragging about the turn out, but seemed to irk followers when he penned that ‘some haters are soooo disappointed.’ The ‘so’ was with five Os for emphasis. Comments directly to Gibson, ranged from agreement with the minister on the reaction to strong support of the third Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, to invitations to come out and join the fun, to appreciation for the revenue the event is earning, to concern that there were many still wondering about getting a job to make ends meet, another suggesting the money could have been better used on something else and others who wanted to see the repairs promised since Hurricane Matthew complete. Gibson is the minister with responsibility for workers and was made the so called, hurricane czar, to oversee the clean up and restoration efforts including management of millions of public and donated dollars. #MagneticMediaNews#NassaulegofJunkanooCarnival#MPShaneGibson#BahamasJunkanooCarnival Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

TCI Hotel Tourism Real Estate partners announce Reward money Trust Fund to

first_img TCI Police Commissioner says absolute focus is reducing crime, gives some insight into the decreases recorded Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New Gun Crimes unit under construction, says TCI Police Commissioner Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #rewardmoneytrustfund, #SeeSomethingSaySomething, crimestoppers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 4, 2017 – Providenciales – The Hotel and Tourism and Real Estate Associations have teamed up to create a trust fund which will offer cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of criminals who are increasingly becoming a major threat to the number one industry of the country, tourism. The trust will be established at Miller Simons O’Sullivan law firm and is going global in its efforts to draw monies in to flush criminals out of their hiding places.The initiative was announced today at a press conference held at the TCI Tourist Board.#MagneticMediaNews#rewardmoneytrustfund#crimestoppers#seesomethingsaysomething Editorial: Stop Likin’ Man!last_img read more